UAE Mission to UN in Geneva joins Muslim World League, UN University for Peace launch book promoting peace, dialogue among nations

(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM)) JEDDAH, 2nd December, 2020 (WAM) — In the context of the UN 100 Years of Multilateralism, 75 Years of the United Nations inception and 40 Years of the UPEACE establishment, on 22 November 2020 the Muslim World League and the UN University for Peace launched the research “Promoting peace, human rights and dialogue among civilizations” (539 pages) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The launching was open by the moderator David Fernández Puyana, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the University for Peace to the UN Geneva and UNESCO Paris, who said on behalf of Prof. Francisco Rojas, Rector of UPEACE in Costa Rica, that the University for Peace, together with the Muslim World League, promotes this book, which highlights the actions of the United Nations, its Agencies, Programmes and Funds, in the fulfilment of the great principles that guide their multilateral action. Rector added that he is pleased with the excellence of the authors who contributed to this book, as well as the distinguished political and diplomatic personalities who collaborated on it.

Francisco Chacón, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan indicated that they wanted to commend and warmly congratulate the Muslim World League and the University for Peace for this inspiration work that bridges us together, and promotes a culture of peace, which is a cornerstone of the Costa Rican Foreign Policy.

Lubna Qassim, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations, indicated that it is an honour and a privilege to have contributed to an unprecedented initiative on Peace and Human Rights. She shared UAE’s exemplary model of tolerance and inclusion. Through a video-recorded message, she also stressed that it is critical time in the history of mankind to embrace our differences and she hoped that through this book we engage in inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues for peace and prosperity for all.

Afterwards, Alvaro Iranzo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressed that Spain has also tried to play a role in international efforts aimed at providing structure to the dialogue between societies and religions. He added that the splendid work of research coordinated by the UN University of Peace and the Muslim World League deserves full support and dedicated consideration. It thoroughly provides the intellectual backing that is so necessary to rise above perceptions of the past that thrive on the divides.

On his turn, Larbi Djacta, Chair of the International Civil Service Commission and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations underlined in a video-recorded message that international civil servants have a special calling: to serve the ideals of peace, respect for fundamental rights, economic and social progress, and international cooperation. He added that UNESCO is the lead agency in the United Nations system to promote the interreligious and intercultural dialogue within the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. He wished that the culture of

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Geneva success story, career wins, region news

Hollie Benjumea had no master plan to build a girls volleyball district dynasty when she worked a volleyball camp at The Geneva School in the summer of 2006.

She was just a 25-year-old college grad in search of a career path when that camp connection paid off.

“I was a mid-year college graduate and I was just trying to figure out where I could find a teaching position to get started,” she remembers. “It just so happened that a physical education teaching position became available.”

Benjumea signed on to teach and coach volleyball for what was then one of the smallest high school programs in Central Florida. She never left.

“They let me stay,” Benjumea said with a laugh on Tuesday. “It’s been great.”

For both parties.

The school has had varsity girls volleyball since 1999 but never reached region play until Benjumea arrived after playing college volleyball for Charleston Southern. She led the Knights to a district runner-up finish in her debut season of 2006.

Geneva, a Christian school that has campuses in Winter Park and Casselberry, has been a model of consistency ever since. The Knights have reached regional rounds in all 15 seasons under Benjumea. They claimed the program’s 10th consecutive Class 2A district title with a 25-18, 25-19, 16-25, 25-15 win against City of Life Christian last Thursday.

The district title streak ranks second in area history and is one shy of the record.

Orangewood Christian won 11 in a row from 2000 through 2010 under the direction of longtime coach Diane Langmo, who is still in charge of that program.

Geneva is now tied with Oviedo, which won 10 in a row under 25-year coach Anita Carlson from 1981 through 1990.

Geneva won a 2018 state championship — its first and only in any sport. It was a state runner-up in 2016 and 2017 and state semifinalist last season. But this has been a rebuilding effort after seeing four girls who were four-year stalwarts graduate. That included current college players Connelly Renfro (High Point University) and Riley Thomas (Millersville University).

The Knights have typically had only a few year-round club players in their lineup but have won consistently by building solid supporting casts around a few standouts. That formula has been a challenge this year for the Knights (11-4), who will be home against Merritt Island Christian (11-4) in a region quarterfinal on Thursday night at 7.

“It’s kind of been like starting over,” Benjumea said. “It’s been a weird season for everybody with the COVID protocols and only being able to play the teams within the pod we’re in. We’ve run a different lineup every single match we’ve played. And we’ve had limited practices because of the protocols the school has in place. It’s been hard to get into a rhythm and get these girls comfortable playing with each other.”

The lone senior on the roster is Frances Aguayo, who toggles between the libero and setter positions. Sophomore Olive Kyle is a year-round player

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